News – Fall Movie Festivals

The Master, which recently released it’s first full trailer online (that trailer is embedded in this post) has been scheduled for an October release in the U.S. but only in “limited release.” The thought being that writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson would pick a film festival to premiere his film at then set an official U.S. wide release date.

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12 Monkeys Review

“Oh, wouldn’t it be great if I was crazy? Then the world would be okay.” This is a question the lead character, James Cole, asks himself during Terry Gilliam‘s brilliant 1995 film 12 Monkeys. The film is written by David Peoples & Janet Peoples, however Chris Marker also receives a writing credit because it was his 1962 French short film, La Jetée, that this screenplay was inspired by. I have yet to see La Jetée, so I have no basis for comparison between the two films, but from what I’ve read, the basic plot points are the same.

Cole, our hero, is played by Bruce Willis and is living in a post-apocalyptic future where people are “volunteered” to go up to earth, away from their underground shelter and investigate the world, which is now run by animals. Cole, eventually is selected by the people that now oversee “the survivors” as someone that can help them in a more long term solution, maybe even find a cure for the virus that killed the humans in the years 1996-1997.

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Moonrise Kingdom

Oh, Wes Anderson. I guess I’m just one of those that just don’t ‘get’ your movies. I mean everything was there. The structure, the setup, the clash of the adults versus children, and the big finale, but I just can’t get into your quirky style, man. The story of Moonrise Kingdom is that a 12 year old boy played by Jaren Gilman is smitten a by a girl at a play. The girl is Suzy, played by Kara Hayward. He spots her out of all the other girls, tracks her down and they fall in love. They write to each and agree to run away together. The only problem is that they are on a this remote island in New England. So essentially, they are running with nowhere to go and are guaranteed to get caught.

The scout leader, played by Edward Norton sees that his scout is missing and talks to Bruce Willis who is like the chief of police on this tiny island. Eventually, they piece together that the boy and girl are together so they get the girl’s parents involved played by Frances McDormandand  and Bill Murray. Bill Murray was the only highlight of the movie for me. Like Emma Stone says in “Zombieland” he just makes me laugh every time I look at him.

I didn’t really like any of the characters in this movie mainly because of the dialogue, especially the boy. He seemed like Wes Anderson typing out how he thinks a young boy in love would act. I don’t know, Wes Anderson’s characters never seem real to me. People don’t act that weird! Perfect example is when Edward Norton’s character finds out the boy is gone he says “Jiminy Cricket, he flew the coop!” The whole theater laughed and laughed. I almost walked out. Like really? That’s funny?

It’s cute and romantic if you can dig your way through the quirk and the opening is brilliant where it looks like a dollhouse but turns out to be a real house. That was cool.

2/5 Stars